|Date of birth:||September 19, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Streator, Illinois|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||192 lb (87 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Phillip Darren Buchanon (born September 19, 1980 in Fort Myers, Florida) is a former American football cornerback that played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders 17th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.
Buchanon played high school football at Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida where he started at both running back and defensive back. During his senior year he earned an All-State selection. He finished his career with 102 tackles and seven interceptions. He also lettered in basketball, track, and baseball.
Buchanon was also on the school's track & field team, where he was a standout sprinter for three seasons. He posted personal bests of 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.8 in the 200 meters, and was also timed at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He joined the Hurricanes' track team in 2001, and won the 60 meters at the Meyo Invitational, recording a career-best time of 6.79 seconds.
Buchanon played college football at the University of Miami. During his junior year he earned All-American honors as a returner and was a finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Award. He finished his career with 88 tackles and seven interceptions on defense, and 32 punt returns for 477 yards and two touchdowns as a returner.
On April 25, 2005 the Raiders traded Buchanon to the Houston Texans for a second and third round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent two years in Houston playing in 14 games, recording 37 tackles. He played four games for the Texans in 2006 before being released on October 16, 2006.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buchanon signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 17, 2006. He finished the 2006 season with the Bucs recording 24 tackles and intercepting two passes. During 2007, he took over as the Bucs starting cornerback alongside Ronde Barber due to Brian Kelly's struggles with injury.
Buchanon was signed by the Detroit Lions on March 4, 2009 to help the secondary after the 2008 season. He played in 13 games for the Lions recording 43 tackles, a sack, and 4 passes defended. He was released on March 4, 2010.
Buchanon signed with the Washington Redskins on March 29, 2010. After re-signing with the Redskins for the 2011 season, Buchanon was suspended by the team for four games for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. After his suspension ended, Buchanon was added to 53-man roster after rookie Brandyn Thompson was waived and added to the Redskins' practice squad. On November 5, 2011, Buchanon was placed on injured reserve having played in only one game the entire season in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||TOTAL||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG IR||TD||PD|
- GP: games played
- COMB: combined tackles
- TOTAL: total tackles
- AST: assisted tackles
- SACK: sacks
- FF: forced fumbles
- FR: fumble recoveries
- FR YDS: fumble return yards
- INT: interceptions
- IR YDS: interception return yards
- AVG IR: average interception return
- LNG: longest interception return
- TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
- PD: passes defensed
Buchanon is the cousin of former Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse. He was offered a $500,000 contract by the Cincinnati Reds to play baseball but ultimately decided to play football instead. In Buchanon's new book: New Money: Staying Rich he notes that his mother demanded a million dollars from him after he was drafted by The Oakland Raiders.
- First-rounder fell out of favor in Oakland
- Maese, Rick (September 2, 2011). "Phillip Buchanon suspended for drug violation". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
- Jones, Mike (October 4, 2011). "Thompson is waived to make room for Buchanon". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
- Jones, Mike (November 5, 2011). "Redskins put Buchanon on injured reserve; Brandyn Thompson back on roster". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "Phillip Buchanon". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- COLLEGES; Hurricanes' Buchanon Might Be the Best of the Best
- Stone, Avery (April 15, 2015). "Former NFL player Phillip Buchanon says his mom demanded $1 million after he was drafted". USA TODAY. Retrieved April 15, 2015.